South Side Chicago Anti-Racist Action statement on three way fight politics

The following statement was posted on South Side Chicago ARA’s blog on May 9, 2011:

Anti-fascists vs fascism vs the state: a three way fight, not democracy in crisis

The state: The compulsory political institution of a centralized government that maintains a monopoly of the use of force within a certain territory. It applies to the courts, the cops, the laws, the politicians etc…

Fascism: A grass roots revolutionary and self proclaimed anti-capitalist movement based on racial/religious or other superiority and a false sense of victimization. Fascism attaches itself to populist ideology, relies on political violence and deceit and often is void of a political platform. It seeks internal cleansing and external expansion.

Capitalism: An economic system in which investment in and ownership of the means of production, distribution, and exchange of wealth is made and maintained chiefly by private individuals or corporations, especially as contrasted to cooperatively or state-owned means of wealth.

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